Flash Fiction for the Aspiring Writer: A Hideous Bench

“Oh what a tacky bench,” Violet complained to her husband Wes. “Who would put such an outrageously coloured bench in Hewitt Park. We have to walk by it when we take Snuggles for his walk.”

“Meow,” Snuggles said, struggling in his harness and leash.

Wes sighed as his wife continued to moan about the red bench. The bench was in an ideal spot for him to seat his aching bones and red was his favourite colour.

“Oh my, Wes! Why are you sitting on that hideous bench. I was just saying what an eye-sore it is.” 

“I’m eighty-four-years old Violet and the red bench is a perfect place to rest.” Snuggles meowed and sat on the bench in agreement.

Violet was starting to complain when she noticed Snuggles sitting on a plaque on the bench seat.

Wes moved Snuggles and both he and Violet read the plaque which said: ” In honour of our Grandson, Corperal Jonathan Crest, who died under enemy fire in Afhganistan. Lest We Not Forget.” 

 Violet sniffed and her eyes went wide as she read the plaque. 

“Pretty good reason to have a red bench here, don’t you think Violet?” Wes said.

Violet was speechless.




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67 thoughts on “Flash Fiction for the Aspiring Writer: A Hideous Bench”

    1. Thank you Sonya for your comments. Yes Wes is a smart guy. There is the saying Better to not speak and be thought s fool, then to open your mouth and remove all doubt. I think we know who Wes and Violet are through this saying.

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    1. Yeah, I think benches etc can serve as great reminders of those who fight for our freedom and democracy. Violet is a complainer, it’s in her nature, it takes a lot to make a person like that be quiet. Thanks for your comments 🙂

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  1. I’m not sure which I like better–the ending or the image of taking the cat for a walk! I’d have to drag my cat hissing the whole way, I think. When we camp in the summer, there are always people who have “camper cats” who are always out for evening strolls.

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  2. Violet has one less thing to complain about now! I’m sure Wes is glad for that! I think it is wonderful that things like this are used in remembrance of someone who served to keep us safe.
    It can be very emotional. I attended an event tonight honoring one of our veterans with one of those Track wheelchairs. He lost both of his legs. He was very emotional when it was presented to him and said people who care make it all worthwhile. We need to do as much as possible to help and honor those who serve their country.

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